Karnataka Janata Paksha candidate from Gulbarga North Assembly constituency Naseer Hussain Ustad faces the prospect of losing his claim to contest under the party symbol, as he did not submit the original ‘A’ and ‘B’ forms during filing of nominations.

Returning officer Ravindra told The Hindu here on Thursday that Mr. Ustad filed only the photocopies of the forms declaring him to be the KJP candidate.

He said a clarification had been sought from the Election Commission on whether photocopies were valid.

After hearing the aspirant’s plea, a final decision on his candidature would be announced on Friday at 3 p.m., he said.

Election authorities may allow Mr. Ustad to contest as an Independent.

As per information available from eight Assembly constituencies (i.e. barring Gulbarga South Assembly constituency), the nomination papers of candidates from all major political parties were found valid.

Four rejected

Bidar Special Correspondent reports:

Election officials rejected the nomination papers of four aspirants in Bidar district on Thursday.

The nomination of Syed Waheed, who claimed to be a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, was rejected as he failed to submit forms ‘A’ and ‘B’.

The nomination of Abdul Samee, who claimed to represent the Samajwadi Party, was also rejected on similar grounds.

Papers of Independents Subhash Bheemsha and Basvaraj Lingappa were rejected as they failed to produce the necessary documents, according to election officials here.